Division of Student Affairs

SECU Foundation Public Fellows Update

Posted on Tuesday, October 20th, 2020 by Jolie Helton under Uncategorized. Tags:

In May, the Division of Student Affairs was awarded a $50,000 grant from the SECU Foundation, administered through the SECU Public Fellows Internship. The funding was to support 10 summer interns at participating organizations, and purpose of the program was to bridge the gap for UNCG students who may otherwise have to choose between pursuing civic engagement and paid work and the opportunity to contribute to organizations that help to build capacity within our communities. The SECU Public Fellows Internship program is facilitated by the Office of Civic and Leadership Engagement (OLCE) and Career & Professional Development (CPD), departments within the Division of Student Affairs. 

Each student received a $5,000 stipend for their work contributions. In total, 3,141 hours were served with community partners by these 10 interns. 100% of supervisors stated that the intern made an impact on their organization and the community.

Participating Interns and Community Organizations

  • Aneesah Abdur-Razzaq, Habitat for Humanity of Orange County
  • Margaree Brown, Mustard Seed Community Health Clinic
  • Daisy Carranza, Center for New North Carolinians
  • Belle Downing, Guilford County Health Department
  • Tyler Davis, East Greensboro NOW
  • James Eades, Greensboro Farmers Curb Market
  • JaRiah Morris, YWCA
  • Scarlett Nunez – Reading Connections
  • Christi Prater, Horsepower Therapeutic Learning Center
  • Ashley Westman, Orange County Rape Crisis Center

Skills gained by student interns:

  • Community engagement
  • Digital technology
  • Communication
  • Adaptability
  • Leadership

Quotes about their experiences:

This internship really opened my eyes to a new working environment that I haven’t worked with before.

My attitude about service has changed…

I have learned a lot about what it takes to run a nonprofit organization.

I appreciate SECU and UNCG for giving me the chance to step outside my boundaries even during this time of confusion and loss.